The Best Spanish Cookbooks To Have At Home

Consider yourself a bit of a whizz in the kitchen? Or, just looking to add some variety to what you cook at home? These books will help you bring some Spanish flavor to your mealtimes. 

Spanish cuisine is known the world over as being varied, flavorsome and oh so delicious. While finding the absolute best restaurants in Seville is our major passion, cooking Spanish food for ourselves is a close second.

We have a number of dependable, quick and easy tapas recipes that we absolutely love. However, when the need for something more substantial arises – we hit the books! Check out our picks for the best Spanish cookbooks and wow your friends and family with some delicious comida española. 

Looking to mix things up in the kitchen? These are the best Spanish cookbooks to get you started on your Spanish culinary adventure!

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The Food of Spain – Claudia Roden

No list of the best Spanish cookbooks is complete without including The Food of Spain. This massive book, the result of a whopping five years of research, is a love letter to all things Spain. Apart from amazing, easy-to-follow recipes, you also have a comprehensive account of how the varied, complex history of Spain has influenced its cuisine. A particular hit is the chicken in almond sauce recipe (pollo en pepitoria), something we’ve prepared (and loved) time and time again.

Chicken in Almond Sauce is one of many recipes in The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden, one of the best Spanish cookbooks around
Delicious chicken in almond sauce, think you could match this yourself? Photo Credit: Spanish Sabores

The Real Taste of Spain – Jenny Chandler

The key to any great dish is high-quality ingredients, and the best place to find those is at a local food market! And it’s the magic of the food market tradition in Spain that takes center stage in The Real Taste of Spain by Jenny Chandler. Focusing on simple, traditional produce, this book has a section for each of the stalls you’ll find at your local market. Shellfish, fresh fruit, poultry – there are amazing recipes to suit every taste!

Moro: The Cookbook – Sam & Sam Clark

Written by the owners of the Moro restaurant in London, Moro: The Cookbook brilliantly details the longstanding influence of the Moors on the cuisine in Spain. The recipes in this book are amazing, and the brilliant photography makes for a wonderful read. But what sets this book apart is the detailed historical context given for each dish. Undoubtedly one of the best Spanish cookbooks we own and a great addition to any kitchen!

Spinach and chickpeas, with delicious cumin, is the King of Moorish-influenced tapas in Spain
Spinach and chickpeas – An Andalusian classic with Moorish roots!

1080 Recipes – Simone & Inés Ortega

As the title suggests, 1080 Recipes is quite the comprehensive collection of Spanish recipes! Known as ‘The Bible of Spanish Cooking’, this book covers recipes from all the regions of Spain. You’ll find recipes for everything from starters to delicious, flavorsome mains to desserts. Furthermore, the simple instructions, brilliant photos and consistently great results make this book a must-have!

The New Spanish Table – Anya con Brenzon

So much of what’s great about Spanish cuisine is its longstanding traditions, but there’s a newer side to food here too. The New Spanish Table brilliantly captures that more modern gastronomy, while still making time for some old favorites. Printed in brilliant color and containing a catalog of recipes and pictures that will leave your mouth watering, you won’t regret this purchase!

Feel like learning more about why Seville is one of the best foodie cities in Spain? Join us on a food tour and all will be revealed!

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After studying in Andalusia, Jaimie made sure he was on the first possible flight back to Seville—the day after graduation! Many years later, he is fully immersed in Spain’s culinary world and has shown thousands of guests the secrets of sherry and tapas.

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